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Puppies Reenact The SCOTUS Oral Argument In The Hobby Lobby Case

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Last week I wrote about an amusing skit on John Oliver’s HBO show Last Week Tonight in which he used puppies to renact portions of a Supreme Court oral argument and then made raw footage available to allow viewers to do it themselves. Well, someone took the entire recording of the oral argument in the Hobby […]

Houston Agrees To Withdraw Subpoenas Directed At Pastors

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Earlier this month, the City of Houston found itself in hot water and under criticism from a wide range of legal scholars over subpoenas that had been issued by its attorneys in a lawsuit concerning a signature drive for a referendum to overturn a law banning discrimination against gays, lesbians, and transgender people that was […]

House Lawsuit Against Obama Hits Another Snag

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At this rate, it’s unlikely the House will file any kind of lawsuit against President Obama until 2015, assuming it ever files anything.

Kaci Hickcox Threatens To Sue Maine Authorities Over Ebola Quarantine Order

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We may have our first legal challenge to an Ebola quarantine order by tomorrow

Ebola And Mandatory Quarantines: A Delicate Balance Between Personal Liberty And Public Safety

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Mandatory quarantines are a massive violation of personal liberty. We ought to be careful in how, when, and why we impose them and who they are directed toward.

Senator Jeff Merkley Becomes First Senator To Endorse Pot Legalization

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Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley has ventured into an issue that, so far, none of his fellow Senators have felt comfortable following: Sen. Jeff Merkley says he plans to vote for a ballot measure on Election Day to legalize marijuana in Oregon. “I lean in support of it,” the Democratic senator told TPM in an interview […]

Koch Brothers Donation Brings Attention To Inadequacies Of Indigent Criminal Defense

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The Koch Brothers are putting money behind an effort to reform a part of the legal system that is ignored far too often.

Idaho City Backs Down In Dispute With Ministers Over Same-Sex Marriage

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The City of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho will not force two Christian ministers to open their wedding chapel business to same-sex wedding ceremonies.

Federal Judge Blocks Sports Betting In New Jersey, But It Should Be Legal Everywhere

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Not surprisingly a Federal Judge has blocked New Jersey’s latest effort to legalize sports gaming. As a matter of policy, though, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be legal to place wagers on sporting events.

Whatever Happened To That Lawsuit The House Of Representatives Was Filing Against Obama?

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It’s been three months, but there’s been no action on the lawsuit that the House of Representatives said it was filing against President Obama.

Mississippi Supreme Court Rules Against Chris McDaniel In Dispute Over GOP Senate Primary

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The most bizarre race of 2014 is finally over.

New York, New Jersey Order Quarantine For Arrivals From Ebola Stricken Nations

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A surprise move from Governors Christie and Cuomo that sounds like a good idea but may not be as effective, or legal, as it sounds.

Two Dead, Three Injured In Shooting At Seattle Area High School

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Another school shooting.

Federal Court Dismisses Tea Party Groups’ Lawsuits Over IRS Targeting

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A Federal Judge has dismissed lawsuits filed by Tea Party groups over the IRS targeting scandal.

Time For A Single, Six-Year, Presidential Term?

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An idea whose time has come? Not really.

Sports Leagues File Suit To Stop Sports Gambling In New Jersey

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All of the major sports leagues are trying to stop New Jersey’s efforts to legalize sports gambling. They should not be allowed to succeed.

Evidence Presented To Michael Brown Grand Jury Appears To Support Officer’s Version Of Events

Protests Continue In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

What if the Grand Jury investigating the Michael Brown shooting fails to indict Officer Darren Wilson? We may find out if newly leaked evidence is accurate.

Another White House Fence Jumper

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Mere hours after a gunman fired shots outside and inside Canada’s Parliament, another man jumped the fence at the White House, although this time the Secret Service didn’t hesitate to apprehend him: A man jumped the White House fence Wednesday night and was taken into custody after being bitten by a guard dog, officials said, […]

Idaho Ministers Threatened With Jail For Refusing To Perform Same-Sex Wedding Ceremonies

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A collision between marriage equality and religious liberty, but it seems clear that religious liberty should win this one.

Puppies Reenact Supreme Court Oral Arguments

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Since the Supreme Court won’t allow cameras in the courtroom for oral argument, or indeed anything, John Oliver has come up with an alternative (one mildly NSFW word in the video): Here’s a link to the raw footage that John Oliver referenced in the video. There’s no sound to it since its meant for people […]

Supreme Court Allows Texas Voter ID Law To Remain In Effect Pending Appeal

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Another pre-election stay ruling from the Supreme Court.

Same-Sex Marriage Advances In Arizona, Will Come To Wyoming By Monday UPDATE: Make That Wyoming By Today

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This morning, a Federal District Court Judge in Arizona struck down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage, and the nation gained its 31st state where same-sex marriage is recognized: PHOENIX — A federal judge has cleared the way for legally recognized gay marriages in Arizona by ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex unions is […]

F.B.I. Director Hints At Regulatory Action Against Apple, Google Over Encyrption

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Law enforcement remains unhappy about the recent changes that will make it harder to break into a locked smartphone.

The Supreme Court Has A First Amendment Problem Right At Its Front Doorstep

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The Roberts court has been very good on First Amendment issues, but it needs to address the First Amendment issue right outside its front windows.

Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law

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A victory for the opponents of Voter ID laws that will be untouchable by the Supreme Court.

Houston Backs Down On Subpoenas Directed At Pastors Opposing Gay Rights Law

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A not surprising outcome to a move that have had motives entirely unconnected to litigation.

Houston Seeks To Subpoena Sermons Of Pastors Opposing Gay Rights Law

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Someone needs to remind the City of Houston that the First Amendment applies to them.

Sandwich Shop Workers Forced To Sign Non-Compete Agreements

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A national sandwich chain makes its employees sign a very restrictive covenant not to compete. It’s probably not enforceable.

Fifth Circuit Allows Texas Voter ID Law To Remain In Effect

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After a setback, Texas will be allowed to enforce its Voter ID law. At least for now.

Texas Attorney General Makes A Particularly Silly Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has made an incredibly weak argument in favor of his state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Court Rules That “Creepy” Photos Taken in Public Aren’t A Crime

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A District of Columbia Judge has ruled that photographs of women taken in public do not violate the law.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Alaska’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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And Alaska makes 30.

Young African-American Males 21 Times More Likely To Be Shot By Cops

Protests Continue In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

The numbers don’t lie.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

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A victory for opponents of Voter ID in Texas, but it’s not likely to stand up on appeal.

Mike Huckabee Threatens To Leave The GOP Over Gay Marriage; Don’t Believe Him

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Mike Huckabee is threatening to leave the GOP if the party backs down on same-sex marriage. He’s bluffing.

Supreme Court Blocks Wisconsin Voter ID Law, But Will Likely Uphold It In The End

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Opponents of Voter ID laws should not get too excited over the fact that the Supreme Court has stayed Wisconsin’s law from going into effect for now.

Same-Sex Marriage Goes From 19 States To 29 States In One Week

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In the space of one week, we’ve gone from 19 states that recognize same-sex marriage to 29. Soon, it will be 35.

Voter ID Laws Blocked in WI and TX

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The law in Wisconsin was blocked by SCOTUS and in Texas by a federal court. Via USAT:  Supreme Court blocks Wisconsin’s voter ID law The Supreme Court on Thursday night blocked Wisconsin from implementing its new voter identification law on the eve of next month’s elections. In a related action, a district court judge in Texas […]

Another Police Shooting In Missouri

Protests Continue In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

Nearly exactly two months to the day after Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, another African-American man has been shot and killed in the St. Louis area, and it has set off another round of protests: An off-duty police officer shot and killed a black teenager in St. Louis on Wednesday night, setting off a […]

A 29 Year Old Woman Is Choosing To Die Rather Than Suffer Through Terminal Cancer

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A 29 year old woman will end her life in less than a month. That should be her choice.

9th Circuit Strikes Down Same-Sex Marriage Bans In Idaho And Nevada

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Two more states are added to the list, with another three likely not far behind.

Federal Court Voids Virginia Congressional Map

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A Federal Court has given legislators in Richmond a complicated job.

Unclear on the Concept: Cruz and SCOTUS

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“This is judicial activism at its worst”-Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on SCOTUS, um, inaction on same-sex marriage. Also, good luck with this: I have introduced legislation, S. 2024, to protect the authority of state legislatures to define marriage. And that is why, when Congress returns to session, I will be introducing a constitutional amendment to […]

The Supreme Court Has Made Nationwide Recognition Of Same-Sex Marriage Inevitable

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The die is cast.

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Wisconsin Voter ID Law

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An unsurprising decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Supreme Court Declines Review Of Rulings Allowing Same-Sex Marriage

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By failing to act, the Supreme Court has effectively legalized same-sex marriage in eleven more states.

Google Being Targeted Over Leaked Celebrity Nude Photos

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Attorneys for celebrities caught up in the leak of nude photographs are targeting Google.

Are Some Crimes More Equal Than Others?

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Does the seriousness of a crime vary depending on the gender of the parties involved?

Amazon Employees Demand Pay for Waiting in Line

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Amazon warehouse workers want to be paid for time going through security checks to leave work.

Federal Civil Rights Charges Against George Zimmerman Said To Be Off The Table

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It appears that there will be no Federal charges against George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin. This is not a surprise.

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